Wild Australia: Meston’s 'Wild Australia' Show 1892-1893

Aird, Michael, Mapar, Mandana and Memmott, Paul (2015) Wild Australia: Meston’s 'Wild Australia' Show 1892-1893. St Lucia, QLD, Australia, The University of Queensland Anthropology Museum.

Author Aird, Michael
Mapar, Mandana
Memmott, Paul
Title Wild Australia: Meston’s 'Wild Australia' Show 1892-1893
Place of publication St Lucia, QLD, Australia
Publisher The University of Queensland Anthropology Museum
Publication date 2015-02-23
Total pages 1 curated exhibition
Language eng
Subject Curated or Produced Substantial Public Exhibition/Event - Exhibition/Event
Formatted Abstract/Summary
In 1892 and 1893 a troupe of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island performers was taken to Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne to stage what was known as the 'Wild Australia' Show. The project was conceived and promoted by a Queensland journalist entrepreneur, Archibald Meston, who conscripted a junior partner, Brabazon Purcell as the manager of the troupe.

This exhibition explores a brief period in the life of Archibald Meston, one of the most influential and controversial figures in Queensland Indigenous history. Meston attempted to portray a group of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island people as “primitive savages” and marketed them as untouched by European influences. He attempted to profit financially from these performers and even though this ambitious plan soon failed, he continued to promote himself over the next decade as an expert in regard to Aboriginal people. Following this failed business venture Meston managed to position himself as one of the most influential advisors to the Queensland Government on Aboriginal issues and was very influential in the introduction of Queensland’s first Aboriginal protection policy that was introduced in 1897.
Keyword Cultural exhibition
Queensland - Indigenous history
Archibald Meston
Photographic exhibition
Additional Notes Duration of exhibition: 23 February - 10 July 2015. Exhibition details: http://www.anthropologymuseum.uq.edu.au/wild-australia

 
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